Maribeth P. Honors, Age :94
Jul 07,1926---Jan 02,2021

Maribeth P. Honors, 94, of Lenexa, KS, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her three children, under the care of Brookdale Hospice. 

Maribeth was born Sybil Maribeth Parker on July 7, 1926 to Arthur and Sybil Parker. The family relocated to her father’s home town Cape Vincent, NY, on the St. Lawrence River, where she and her brother were raised. There she spent her childhood enjoying swimming, ice skating and boating. After graduating from high school in 1943, she attended William Smith College in Geneva, NY. After completion of her studies, she went to work in Syracuse as a receptionist for North American Insurance Company. It was there, after the war, that she went on a blind date with a WWII Navy veteran named Tom Honors. They fell in love, and he soon grew fond of her home town Cape Vincent. They were married on New Year’s Eve in 1949, with a celebration reception at Hotel Syracuse.

They both attended SUNY Canton, where she studied Foods & Nutrition, and he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering, with a long career at G.E. Together they raised four children. Their early years were in Chittenango, NY, then to Constantia, NY with a house overlooking Oneida Lake. The family later relocated to Overland Park, KS in 1977 (in the Kansas City area) where her husband worked for Black & Veatch. She remained in the Kansas City area for the remainder of her life.

She worked at Oswego County NY BOCES as an office secretary, and later at Lenexa Parks & Rec Senior Center, where she was an administrative assistant, and drove the Senior Lift taxi during the 1980s. She had a lifelong love of Big Band and Dixieland Jazz music that she shared with our dad. She spoke fondly of her first time hearing Glenn Miller's In the Mood as a teen girl, and learning the Jitterbug at a favorite hangout Sunnybank in Cape Vincent.

In her retirement, she enjoyed socializing and playing cards at the Senior Center, along with taking day trips to theater shows. She remained independent in her home and took pride in her ability to live on her own, and later with assistance from family and visiting homecare helpers.

She is survived by her children Kathleen (Greg) Valentine, Patricia (Tom) Hardenburger and Steven (Eileen) Honors; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Maribeth was predeceased by her husband Tom Honors, her son Tom Honors Jr, and her brother Art Parker.

Her family is eternally grateful for all the care, love and support received. A private service will be conducted at a later date.

 



Condolences

Eric Valentine Jan 05 ,2021

Blessings to your family.

Cindy Johnson Henry Jan 05 ,2021

friend ,Jamesville ,New York

Bruce and I send our deepest condolences to your family. We remember Maribeth fondly as our mother's best friend while we lived next door in Chittenango, NY. Mom and Maribeth took turns with childcare many times, frequenting Green Lakes State Park and Suburban Amusement Park during the summer months. But mostly, we remember playing indoors and outdoors with Kathleen and Tommy while our moms visited. We recall that she was kind and gentle, yet a strong young woman then, as was our own mother. We are sorry for your loss and send hugs and best wishes to all.

Gijsbert Beekhuis Jan 06 ,2021

Friend of the family ,Bunschoten The Netherlands

Blessings to your family.

Pamela W Creel and Donald G. Creel Jan 06 ,2021

MOTHER and Father in law of grand daughter ,Woodland Park ,Colorado

We are sending our Love and Our Hearts and Our Prayers to the Family.....May you find Peace in knowing she has gone to that Beautiful home called Heaven and will be awaiting for you all to see you again one day.......

Fred Hopkins Jan 06 ,2021

Friend to Steve and Eileen ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

I saw the obituary in the Kansas City Star, and I wanted to express my sympathy. Steve, I never met your mother, but she sounds like a lady who was easy to love and who probably leaves you with pleasant memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Christine Denno Jan 06 ,2021

I'm sorry for your loss and I am praying that our Lord will comfort you all.

Barbara Evans Jan 07 ,2021

cousin ,Chittenango ,New York

My mother was Tom Honors' first cousin. She loved her family, and thought the world of Maribeth. It was great to hear the stories of the family closeness through our parent's lives. Hugs and prayers to all who loved Maribeth. A beautiful lady inside and out.

mike Jan 07 ,2021

friend ,Constantia ,New York

I hold many happy memories growing up with you guys and your mom was ever so patient with us when Tommy, Joe and I got to rough housing. my condolences and blessings to all you guys and your loved ones.